Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adults

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Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) facts

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a behavioral condition characterized by distractibility, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity.
  • Although there is no single cause for ADHD, there are a number of biological and social factors that seem to increase the risk of a person developing the disorder.
  • ADHD affects from 2% to 6% of adults, men and women equally.
  • Adults with ADHD may show little to no hyperactivity but for those who do, the hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention symptoms are quite similar to those in children and adolescents.
  • There are three kinds of ADHD: predominately inattentive type, predominately hyperactive/impulsive type, and the combined (inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive) type.
  • In assessing a person for ADHD, a health professional will conduct a medical interview and physical examination. Lab tests are performed and patients are screened for ADHD as well as other mental-health symptoms.
  • Psychological treatments for ADHD in adults include education about the illness, participation in an ADHD support group, and skills training on a variety of topics.
  • ADHD in adults are often prescribed a long-acting stimulant medication. They may also benefit from a nonstimulant medication.
  • Home remedies, including dietary restrictions and vitamin supplements for ADHD in adults, have little research on their effectiveness.
  • The prognosis for ADHD individuals tends to be influenced by the severity of symptoms, intelligence, whether or not the ADHD sufferer has other mental-health conditions, as well as the person's family issues.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/7/2013

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